Sunday, 20 June 2021

Recipe Round-Up: Bowls of Goodness: Grains & Greens

What is THIS? Why yes, it is a new recipe round-up! I don't know, I guess I feel a bit inspired to do one. Also, I have been really keen to share this book with all of you, because I love it! I got Bowls of Goodness: Grains & Greens for Christmas last year, and I have made a bunch out of it. Written by Nina Olsson, it is a follow on to her other book Bowls of Goodness (see my previous round-ups from that book here). Both books are vegetarian, but most of the recipe are vegan or if not have a vegan sub listed, so you don't need to miss out on anything. I have been really enjoying this book, which is full of delicious and beautiful meals. So, let's not keep you waiting any longer. Let's get into the first recipe round-up for Bowls of Goodness: Grains and Greens.

Sun Salute Rice Porridge: Cooler mornings call for warmer breakfasts. This is a lovely rice porridge that is golden from turmeric, and also has orange juice, non-dairy milk (it calls for coconut, I used oat), vanilla, agave, and other spices. Topped with caramelised banana and some quickly sauteed sweet greens (baby spinach with lemon juice and agave). Also topped with some vanilla cashew yoghurt and some extra coconut sugar for sprinkling. This was a lovely warming sweet way to start the day.
Rating: :)

Sun Salute Rice Porridge

Oats with Sweet Greens and Almonds: The sweet greens here differ a bit from the previous recipe, they have similar ingredients but also have some ginger and herbs, but I chopped the spinach and mixed with the other ingredients and left it to marinate briefly, rather than cooking it. The oats are quickly made, and have some vanilla yoghurt stirred through as well as some cinnamon. Topped with some toasted slivered almonds, this was a nice breakfast. Both these recipes were a fun way to get some greens into the start of the day!
Rating: :)

Oats with Sweet Grens and Almonds

Sababa: This is in the breakfast chapter, but I served it for dinner. It is a wonderful fresh, satisfying, but not too heavy meal that would be great any time of the day. I used store-bought hummus for the base, and some store-bough pita bread that I toasted in my panini press. It is topped with some sauteed spiced greens (sping onions, asparagus, baby spinach, and green beans), some feta yoghurt, fresh tomatoes, and coriander. Feta yoghurt, you say? Yes! I used Kingland soy natural yoghurt and Sheese greek style cheese, blended up smooth in the food processor. And it is SO GOOD!
Rating: :)


Okonomiyaki Bowl: Another recipe from the breakfast chapter that I served for dinner. This recipe has sauteed cabbage mixed into cooked rice, seared tofu (I used a flavoured Japanese baked tofu), peas, carrots, cucumber, avocado and a creamy shoyu sauce. It has the option to add some melon or stone fruit, but it wasn't the season so I left it off. I used a store bought Soy Salad Sprinkle to top it off.
Rating: :)

Okonomi Bowl

Savoy Cabbage, Griddled Tofu, Gravad Carrot, and Creamy Horseradish: Of course I couldn't find savoy cabbage the day I was shopping for this, so I used sugarloaf! This bowl layers brown rice (which I used instead of rye), miso-agave grilled tofu, and garlicky sauteed cabbage. The Gravad Carrot is a lovely recipe from the staples chapter of the book, where ribbons of carrot are marinated in a wonderful tangy marinade. A cashew-based horeseradish sauce and some cucumber top it all off. The recipe called for fresh cucumber, wasabi paste, or Dijon. I can never find fresh horseradish, but I love horseradish flavour, so I used a hefty amount of prepared horeseradish from a jar. The best thing is this recipe is finished off with a liberal sprinkling of dill, my favourite herb!
Rating: Bowl :), Carrots :)

Cabbage, Griddled Tofu, Gravad Carrot, and Creamy Horseradish

Satay Tofu: This recipe is meant to be made with tempeh, but my dad dislikes tempeh so tofu it was! The tofu is marinated in what should be a spicy marinade, but of course I left out the hot sauce. Once cooked, it is served over rice (the recipe calls for red, I used a blend of brown, wild, and red rice) with spinach, green beans, sauce, and garnishes. This recipe invoves a couple of different components to be made ahead of time for the garnishes. A coconut and coriander gremolata, which I found to have way too much lime juice in it. It really took over the flavour of the rest of it, even though I added some extra sugar accidentally. Also, some sweet and sour cucumbers, which are cucumbers marinated in a sweet vinegar mix (I left out the chilli). They were lovely.
Rating: Bowl :), Cucumbers :), Gremolata :|

Satay Tofu

Chickpea 'Tuna' Pasta Salad: Chickpea Tuna Salad is a staple, and this is a nice and tangy take on it. A bit too tangy at first, I added some extra mayo to the mix. The salad also has capers, apple, and corn in it to give it a lovely sweetness. The rest of the bowl is pretty simple, with cooked and cooled pasta, lettuce, tomatoe, olives, celery, cucumber, corn, and parsley. This says it makes four, but the tuna salad made enough for two bowls with a bit leftover for a sandwich.
Rating: :)

Chickpea Tuna Pasta Salad

Leek and Barley Gratin with Cauliflower Cheese: This is a wonderful cheesy, warming casserole. Barley is such a nice grain, and it often doesn't get enough of the spotlight outside of soups and stews, but it is great in all sorts of ways. The cheese sauce is a mix of steamed cauliflower and white beans, which was nice. I could have used more sauce though, as it gets absorned more into the cooked barley and thickenens up when baking. The barley is mixed with most of the sauce, cabbage, leek, and white beans, then topped with the rest of the sauce and baked.
Rating: :)

Leek and Barley Gratin with Cauliflower Cheese

This is only about half of what I have made from this book, so be on the lookout for another round-up next time I feel inspired!

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Midweek Munchies

It's the middle of the week, so let's see some random things I ate many moons ago.

This was the last of those Nutrish soups, this one was the orange one! Pumpkin, chickpeas, lentils, sprouted pea protein, and chia seeds. Dear friends, chia seeds to not belong in soup. This range of soups is obsessed with putting different 'superfoods', in... they were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.

Nutrish Pumpkin Soup

Pringles! Once you pop, you really can't stop. For years most salt and vinegar flavours have been not vegan. Why is their milk in them? I don't know. It's not needed. Anyway, I was super excited to see that the salt and vinegar pringles now had a vegan tick on them! Then my friend told me they had been like this for ages. I could have been eating delicious crunchy salt and vinegar pringles for all that time.

Salt and Vinegar Pringles

Another quick dinner of sausages, potatoes, and gravy. I love these Vegie Delight Herb and Garlic sausages, they are the perfect sausage for this sort of dinner. I made a quick mash, boiled some frozen peas, and served with this Coles Christmas Gravy that was still idling around in the fridge. The gravy was OK, but it lacked the rich depth I want in a gravy. Still, it was a good quick option!

Veggie Delights Sausages, Coles Christmas Gravy

Veggie Delights Sausages, Coles Christmas Gravy

For a while, my beloved FYH Vegenaise was GONE. VANISHED. NO WHERE TO BE FOUND! This was tragic, as it is my favourite vegan mayo. I don't like a lot of the other ones. Someone posted on a vegan group about this one being close, so I gave it a try. And you know what? It is very close, and very good! Australian made, and available from Coles and other specialty stores. Thankfully Vegenaise is now BACK, but I am happy to swap between the two.

The Goods Vegan Mayo

Picked up this V2 vegan mince on sale. I used it for a bunch of different recipes from cookbooks, which will eventually come to the blog in the next ten to one hundred years. But just some general thoughts, I really liked this. Despite appearances, it isn't too meaty and doesn't smell gross. It is great for forming into meatballs or patties. And you can easily cut it into portions while it is still frozen, so you can just defrost the amount you need for one recipe. Or you can cut it into portions before freezing, I just remembered that this came from the fridge section but I froze it because it was about to expire.

V2 Mince

Continuing with my adventures through trying vegan frozen meals, I definitely recommend this lasagne by Coco & Lucus. It has a great flavour, and nice melty cheese.

Coco & Lucas Lasagne

My final offering for this midweek munchies, these Sunrice Smokehouse BBQ and Paprika chips are exceptional. I don't eat a lot of chips, the flavours often are a let down. But these are packed full of delicious flavour, and are nice and crunchy. I have been through many bags. They say they are a limited edition, but I hope they made them a permanent addition because these are too good to ever go away.

Sunrice BBQ Paprika Chips

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Eating Out: Wooden Horse

A new addition to the blog! Wooden Horse restaurant and bar is literally a 45 second walk away from one of the places I occasionally work. I'd walked past a number of times when it was closed (it only opens for dinner), but never thought much of it. Until one day I saw a post in one of the vegan groups on Facebook that they were starting to offering vegan menu options! And it looked good. Of course, COVID and such. It took me a while to be able to get there. But one day when I was working at the nearby place and finishing at 7pm, I thought it would be a handy time to go try it out. The menu changes based on the season, and I this was from their summer menu.

First up, the Arancini with beetroot, white bean cheese, and green goddess dressing. It was supposed to come with chipotle mayo, but I asked if they could switch it for something less spicy. This is still on the current autumn menu, so perhaps it is a regular.

Arancini and Wooden Horse

They had a bunch of pizzas on their summer menu, and I got The Drifter. It had cauliflower, beetroot, hummus, spinach, pinenuts, green goddess, and vegan cheese. I asked them to leave off the capsicum. It was really nice, a very unique pizza topping combination. I took half of it home so I had room for dessert, and it tasted great cold the next day.

The Drifter at Wooden Horse

I mentioned dessert. Oh yes, I did. The vegan dessert option was the Pumpkin Pie, which had burnt butter crumb, pecan praline, candied sage, chocolate soil, and vanilla ice cream. The ice cream was coconut based, but it was in that range where I wouldn't want to eat a whole tub, but a single scoop didn't make me feel sick. All together it was a wonderful dessert.

Pumpkin Pie at Wooden Horse

A few weeks ago, my roster got suddenly changed so I was working an evening shift at the nearby clinic again. I spontaneously (a big deal for me) decided that I should got back for dinner that night! I live on the other side of town, so had to take advantage of being a 45 second walk away! And it meant I got to try out their current autumn menu.

I skipped the starters and went straight for the main, the King Trumpet Mushroom Scallops. These had house-aged shiitake, grilled asparagus, crispy enoki, and aromatic congee. It was delicious. So savoury and mushroomy. I was very happy.

While I didn't have a starter, I sure did have a side. Not Your Mum's Sprouts were roasted Brussels sprouts with aged soy mushrooms, maple, smoked almond, and shallot, vegan mozzarella. This was phenomenal. It was piping hot, and just a perfect combination of sweet and smoky and creamy and crunchy. It ended up being a cold and raining night, and this hit the spot.

Not Your Mum's Sprouts at Wooden Horse

Of course I had to end with dessert! The 'Choc Onslaught', described as ganache, olive oil semifreddo, raspberry, chambord, choc shards, and cocoa soil. Oh friends, this was AMAZING!! The choc shards had this wonderful malted flavour, almost like milo. But the star was the olive oil semifreddo, which had passionfruit, and I could have eaten an entire tray of it. Oh, just thinking about it again makes me yearn for it.

Choc Onslaught at Wooden Horse

I highly recommend Wooden Horse to everyone! If your non-vegan friend is thinking about a dinner out, suggest this place! You will be well taken care of. I can't wait to go back and see what is on their winter menu when it is released. They always have a gnocchi dish on the vegan menu, but the two times I have been their seasonal version always had chilli in it. It is meant to be amazing, so I really hope that the next one will be chilli free so I can enjoy some gnocchi. Anyway, if you are in Brisbane, go here.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Midweek Munchies

A selection of random foods I have eaten.

I got these Eaty Gourmet Snags from the Discount Grocery Outlet. I had seen them in supermarkets, but being that they have coconut oil in them I was only willing to give them a chance at an extremely discounted price. They were OK. Not amazing though, I wouldn't buy them again unless they were very discounted. The coconut oil was not prominent or gross, which was good. I served them in a summery way with potato salad, corn on the cob, and cucumber.

Eaty Gourmet Pork Sausages

Eaty Gourmet Pork Sausages

Enjoy this terrible photo of a ham and cheese tik tok wrap. It is a pretty fun thing to do, though terrible to photograph. In the back ground are some roasted and squashed potatoes.

Ham and Cheese Tik Tok Wrap

I bought this Bae Korean Pear Juice because it sounded amusing. I was less amused when I got to the register and realised this tiny thing was $4. But I was committed. Apparently it is some sort of special pear juice that will stop you getting hungover. I don't know about that, I don't drink. What I can say is that it was nice. Different from regular pear juice. But no way would I buy it again for the price. Also, when I was trying to open it a bunch splurted out onto the bench. A devestating amount of cents lost.

Bae Juice

Earth is a brand that has a bunch of different sorts of vegan party food snacks for the oven. I was curious to try these Chickenless Cheeseballs. Well, I would call them chickenless balls. They were nice, crunchy on the outside, a good nuggety texture. But where was the cheese? It was just a tiny drizzle in the middle of each. I was expecting a full on ooze.

Earth Chickenless Cheese Balls

Some fancy cheeses that do not have coconut oil in them that I bought from The Green Edge. The Fine Cultures Port Cheddar will feature in an upcoming midweek munchies. I realised that I don't have any photos of the Delictio Vegan Chevre, but I ate it smeared on crackers or in sandwiches. It was really nice. A bit smudgy with the ashy outside though! But would buy again.

Fancy Cheese

Finally, a vegan jerky that has popped up in Woolworths. I liked this, it is good and peppery, not too chewy for my poor TMJ. I love finding savoury snack options.

King's Veggie Jerky

Monday, 7 June 2021

Eating In

A selection of foods I either had delivered or got take away.

Being a southside girl, I don't tend to frequent northside shopping centres. But I happened to need to pop into Chermside, and decided while I was there to suss out some vegan options. There are a lot. I just got a couple of sweet options for snacks and afternoon tea. They have a branch of ice cream chame Gelitissimo there, which in addition to vegan sorbets has rotating flavour of vegan ice cream. After confirming it was coconut free (amazing!), I got a scoop of the flavour of the moment, the vegan Strawberries and Cream. And it was AMAZING. It was so good! I am so sad that they have moved on to a different flavour I am not interested in. They should bring this one back as a permanent option!

Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream from Gelatissimo

I also stopped by Brooklyn Doughnut Co, which had a few vegan options. I got the chocolate raspberry doughnut to take home. It was nice, though the chocolate icing was very thick and a bit too sweet. The doughnut itself was good, and I loved the tart freeze dried raspberries.

Chocolate Raspberry from Brooklyn Doughnut Co

Back home, and one night we got a delivery from Kingsfood Chinese, which has several vegan options and I have ordered from them before. This time I got the vegetarian ho fun, a huge serving of noodles with veggies and tofu. It was hot and delicious. The sauce was a little oily, but really good.

Vegetarian Ho Fun from Kingsfood Chinese

PieFace is a chain of pie shops associated with petrol stations that have some vegan pies and doughnuts. I decided to feed two birds from the one bird feeder, and I stopped in to one to fill up and get lunch! I got the vegan cheeseburger pie, the vegan pastie, and the vegan chocolate crunch doughnut. I also got a Connoisseur Plant Based Brownie ice cream from their freezer. I have seen this ice cream in the supermarkets, but as it is coconut based was reluctant to buy a tub or pack. But a single icecream I was willing to take a chance on, and I am happy to report this falls into the tolerated coconut ice cream category. It was yummy! Though doughnut was just OK, I guess what you would expect from a petrol station doughnut. The vegan cheeseburger pie was fun, but my surprise favourite was the vegan pastie. Just something about tasty root vegetables in pastry really hit my in the right way.

Cheeseburger Pie, Vegan Pastie, Vegan Chocolate Crunch Doughnut, ice cream from Pie Face

Finally a delicious drink from my favourite Huey's Sugarcane and Coconut Juice stall in Garden City. This one was watermelon cococane (sugarcane and coconut juice... a terribly portmanteau), and it was delicious.

Watermelon Cococaine from Huey's

Friday, 4 June 2021

Eating Out: Cardamom Pod Brickworks

Earlier this year, I had been back at work for a few weeks but things were still hard. I was on reduced hours, so on one of my days off I decided to get out of the house by doing a little mini road trip down to the coast to get some food and visit some nearby shops. The food came courtesy of The Cardamom Pod Brickworks, a fabulous almost all plant-based cafe (they do have cow milk for their coffees), which I have visited a few times before.

I was keen to try the Iced Matcha, which was described as being made with oat milk, tahini, and maple syrup. It was a good matcha, though I couldn't really tell it had tahini in it.

Iced Matcha at The Cardamom Pod Southport

For my food, I ordered the Healthy Benny. They also have a 'blinged out benny' (that I have had before), but I was craving something a bit lighter and tempeh and sweet potato sounded just right. It has sweet potato, field mushrooms, avocado, tempeh (yay tempeh!), cashew hollondaise sauce, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes. As you can see, it was beautifully presented! And it was really just what I wanted.

Healthy Benny at The Cardamom Pod Southport

The cafe is situated in a little centre that has several other shops, including a bulk foods shop, an eco friendly shop, and a fruit and vegetable market and deli. The market and deli also has an ice cream shop in it, that had several vegan flavours. I didn't get any as I was pretty fully, but I took a photo!

Vegan Sorbet ad Ferry Markets

I got a couple of nice things from the market, including some lovely heirloom tomatoes and purple carrots, also some curry leaves as I was looking for some to make some specific recipes.

Fun things from Ferry Market

But the main other reason I went down there was to visit Discount Grocery Outlet in Southport, just a few minutes drive away. This is a discount shop that I heard carried quite a few vegan products at heavily discounted prices. But most importantly, they were selling the new Flora Professional Plant Cream for only $1.99 per carton, rather than the usual $14.99 or thereabouts. They had that, and more. All the products were either close to or just past their best before date, but they are just a suggestion and I had no problem with any of these products. I got all of this for less than $24!

Haul from Grocery Outlet

I'll be talking about some of these products in upcoming posts, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Midweek Munchies

Munchies that I munched.

My friend posted about loving this chocolate, and then I found a block of it the next day. So it seemed like fate. This brand of chocolate is on the Food Empowerment Project Recommended Chocolate List, and I really like their raspberry one. This one was just OK. There is another brand of chocolate with crunch in it that I enjoy more.

Bennetto Amaranth and Sea Salt Chocolate

Fun with cheese! Even though both of these have coconut oil in them, as long as I don't go overboard it is not enough to make me feel unwell, and I do enjoy these cheeses. The feta I have spoken about previously. It isn't really crumbly like I remember feta being, but it is good. I got some of this from The Green Edge, and then I scored some from the Discount Grocery Outlet later. The slices are sold in Coles Supermarket, which is handy and makes them easy to get. They are good on burgers and grilled cheese.


A little fancy snacking session at my friend Amy's place. This dip from Coles was nice, but these sweet carrot crackers stole the show. They were really nice. I can't remember where I got them, so I am always on the look out again.

Coles Cauliflower and Fennel Dip; Peckish Sweet Carrot Crackers

This Pho kit is handily vegan, and was a quick meal for me and my dad one night. Inside everything was split into two lots of packages, so you could just make it for one if you wanted and keep the rest for later. It is all shelf stable. I added tofu, lots more vegetables than it said, and coriander. It was nice, though I didn't get much chance to taste the broth because my dad somehow took it all and mine was more like noodles than soup!

Mr Chu's Vegetarian Pho

Mr Chu's Vegetarian Pho

A very quick lunch of Sheese cheddar slices, Salada crackers, and tomato. With some cucumber on the side. This became a bit of a regular on my depression lunch schedule as it involved very little effort.

Sheese and Tomato Crackers

I had this soup pack kicking around in my cupboard for ages, so I made it one day when I needed something simple. You just add hot water. It is OK, a bit blah in flavour, and is quite thick with quinoa and rice. I served it with a grilled Sheese sandwich.

Soup and Grilled Sheese

Soup and Grilled Sheese